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Chord Box

Poems

Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers

Publication Year: 2013

In her first book, Chord Box, Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers envisions a world where each place is best known by its sound. Weaving complex junctions between music, speech, the body, and sexuality, these poems trace the arc of adolescence and early adulthood, rooting themselves in gritty landscapes of the South and Appalachia, China and its borderlands. Part narrative and part lyric, Rogers’s poems make use of the whole field of the page, assembling an innovative poetic vocabulary that includes word, character, and symbol. By calling on figures from the recent as well as the distant past, this coming-of-age collection asks us to consider history, both personal and political. Whether struggling to make vibrato on the guitar or stringing together her first sentences in Mandarin, the speaker of these poems assumes the role of the eager student, edging her way toward an understanding with both fierceness and a sense of humility. Chord Box is exquisitely crafted and rich with feeling, a dazzling debut collection.

Published by: University of Arkansas Press

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 2-5

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Acknowledgments

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pp. v-vi

I want to thank everyone at the University of Arkansas Press, especially my editor, Enid Shomer, for her good faith and good advice. Thank you also to Monica Burke, who designed the cover, and to Sophie Grimes for proofreading the Chinese. ...

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

Part I. String Fugue with Stretto (1973–2009)

I-77 North: 2009

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pp. 3-4

Juke: 1973

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pp. 5-6

Cough: 1974

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pp. 7-8

Dirge: Autumn 1974

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pp. 9-10

Belt: 1975

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pp. 11-12

Prelude for Open Strings: 2000

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pp. 13-14

p—i—m—a: 2001

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pp. 15-16

Ensemble: 2001

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pp. 17-18

Vibrato: 2001

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pp. 19-20

Psalm: 1976

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pp. 21-22

Duet in E minor: 2002

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pp. 23-24

Pastoral: 2002

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pp. 25-26

Aubade, Falsetto: 1978

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pp. 27-29

Chorale: 1979

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pp. 30-32

False Cadence: 2002

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pp. 33-35

Leading Tone: 2002

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pp. 36-37

To the Conservatory: 1983

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pp. 38-39

Coda: 2003

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pp. 40-42

Part II.

Elizabeth I, Richmond

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pp. 45-46

Echo

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pp. 47-56

Five Fades

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pp. 48-53

New Garden

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pp. 54-55

Margin, Error

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pp. 56-58

The Luthier

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pp. 59-60

A Road in the Sky

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pp. 61-63

Nodes

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pp. 64-66

Floater (Myodesopsia)

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pp. 67-68

Part III.

A Map of Shanxi

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pp. 71-74

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pp. 75-76

In Mid-Autumn

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pp. 77-78

人/λ: A Redshift

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pp. 79-81

At the Bathhouse

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pp. 82-83

Wanted

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pp. 84-86

鼓浪屿 (gŭ làng yŭ)

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pp. 87-90

Length

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pp. 91-92

At the Fortress

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pp. 93-96

Notes and Glossary of Characters and Symbols

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pp. 97-99


E-ISBN-13: 9781610755115
Print-ISBN-13: 9781557289988

Page Count: 99
Publication Year: 2013

Series Title: Miller Williams Arkansas Poetry Prize

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